Money Plane parents guide

Money Plane Parent Guide

This is a dumpster fire of ridiculousness.

Overall D+

A professional thief finds himself forced to rob a casino. The challenge? This casino is on a plane filled with criminals.

Release date July 10, 2020

Violence D
Sexual Content B
Profanity D
Substance Use C

Why is Money Plane rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Money Plane Not Rated

Run Time: 82 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Jack Reese (Adam Copeland) is a professional thief who is, along with his crew, in debt to The Rumble (Kelsey Grammer), a notorious criminal. In order to pay his debts and protect his family, Jack must pull off one last mission: rob the Money Plane, an airborne casino used only by the world’s richest and most dangerous criminals.

I think that everyone has a genre of movie that they love unabashedly and will always enjoy, regardless of quality. For me, that is heist movies. When I’m having a hard time and just want something comforting, I always turn on Ocean’s Eleven, no matter how many times I’ve seen it. I don’t think I’m capable of hating a heist movie, and Money Plane is no exception. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is objectively terrible. And I loved all 82 minutes with all my heart.

You know you’re in for a wild ride when a full 15 minutes into the runtime we get to the title card and it’s using the same animation style and font as an early 2000s Saturday morning cartoon. The physical set for most of the titular airplane looks to be recycled from a high school theatre department and is in no way convincing. The dialogue is either cheesy or over dramatic at all times, and Kelsey Grammer is taking this whole thing way too seriously. There is a very heavy-handed Robin Hood allegory that you see coming a mile away, which makes for a ridiculous, if predictable, ending. And one of the key plot points really bothered me – the reason Jake and his team are robbing the Money Plane is that it has $1 billion of cryptocurrency on board. This confused me because the point of cryptocurrency is that it’s not physical; it’s digital. A quick Google search informed me that cryptocurrency can be saved onto a physical hard drive, but the movie very specifically says it’s on a server and it gets transferred digitally. I’m gonna need someone who actually knows about this stuff to explain to me how putting a server with cryptocurrency up in the sky keeps it secure.

For all the terribleness there are moments of greatness, if you can call it that. One of the criminals on the money plane is a Yosemite Sam-esque Texan complete with obviously fake mustache. Also, there’s a sniper drone. Enough said.

In all seriousness, I cannot recommend this film because of its gratuitous violence and language as well as its abysmal production quality. I think this is the first time I’m giving a movie I enjoyed a D, but it really is a dumpster fire of ridiculousness. If you have an undying love of heist movies, like me, or if you enjoy watching things that are so bad, they’re good, you’ll probably enjoy it as much as I did. Or, if you’re like my husband, you’ll walk out after 10 minutes muttering about needing to go do something to the car.

Directed by Andrew Lawrence. Starring Adam Copeland, Kelsey Grammer, Thomas Jane. Running time: 82 minutes. Theatrical release July 10, 2020. Updated

Money Plane
Rating & Content Info

Why is Money Plane rated Not Rated? Money Plane is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: Multiple fist fights, some showing blood. Guns are shown and used throughout the film. A man shoots himself in the head playing Russian roulette, blood and brains spray out. Multiple people are knocked out during fights. A man is strangled. A man is killed by a cobra. A man is eaten by piranhas. A man’s arm is chopped off. A woman rips a man’s ears off. A woman smashes beer bottles over a man’s head and then stabs him with them. A man is electrocuted. Many deaths from gunshots.
Sexual Content: References to prostitution. Women called “companions” wear revealing clothing. A woman pulls a gun out from between her legs. A woman does a suggestive dance. A woman moves a man’s hand over her (clothed) breast.
Profanity: Over twenty extreme expletives as well as many mild to moderate expletives. A woman gives the middle finger to a camera.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Cigar and cigarette smoking in multiple scenes. Drug paraphernalia is seen. Multiple uses of alcohol.

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Money Plane Parents' Guide

There are many references to human trafficking in this film, especially referencing how rich traffickers become. What are some ways we can support anti-trafficking movements and organizations?

Antislavery.org: What is human trafficking?

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Unicefusa.org: How Trafficking Exists Today

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Relevantmagazine.com: 7 Ways Everyday People Can Help End Human Trafficking

Bustle: 7 Organizations Fighting Human Trafficking & Supporting Survivors

CNN: How to Help: Anti-trafficking organizations around the world

 

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Heist movies turn magical – literally in Now You See Me. This flick stars a group of four magicians who pull off seemingly impossible thefts, apparently by magic. The sequel, Now You See Me 2, has the magicians trapped and forced to commit a spectacularly difficult theft.

Closely related to the heist genre is the con genre, and the best of the lot is The Sting, which stars Robert Redford and Paul Newman as two con artists out to sting the crime boss who had their friend killed. Robert Redford also stars as an aging bank robber in The Old Man & the Gun.